The Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program (2018-2019 Watanabe Scholars)


The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in either the United States or Japan. A generous endowment gift of $10 million from Mr. Toshizo (Tom) Watanabe to the U.S.-Japan Council makes it possible to award scholarships to students for whom study abroad would not be possible without financial support. 

The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications. 2019 marks the second year to support American students studying abroad in Japan, and the fourth year for Japanese students studying abroad in the United States. Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. 

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Eligibility (to Study Abroad in Japan)

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently in good academic standing at an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Will be enrolled in a credit-bearing course of study at a college, university or approved academic center in Japan in the upcoming academic year
  • Demonstrates financial need for international study (i.e. Without financial assistance or support, would not be able to study abroad)
  • (Preferred) Applicants who have been raised by a single parent or who have lost both parents
  • (Preferred) Applicants without significant international travel or study experience
  • (Preferred) First in family to attend/graduate from college (i.e. first-generation)
  • (Priority) The priority for the scholarship is undergraduates who are studying abroad for a year or less. Graduate students and international degree-seeking students may also apply, however the maximum amount of an award is $25,000 for one year.

For more information on the scholarship’s establishment, please read the press release.

For any questions, please email [email protected].

Meet the 2018-2019 Watanabe Scholars

Click here to see the full bios of the Japanese scholars and here for the bios of the American scholars. 

American Scholars (by Region)


  • William Best
  • Kyran Blissett
  • Jada Fraser
  • Grace Johannesmeyer
  • Kim-Tuyen Le
  • Melody Lin 
  • Linda Nguyen
  • Jewel Quilaton 
  • Bethany Urbano 
  • Maribeth Villanueva
  • Evan Yoshimoto 


  • Monica Estrada


  • Cesar David Palacios Orihuela


  • Ngan Luu
  • Justin Montgomery
  • Blake Newton


  • Calina Nguyen


  • Jay Guzman

Japanese Scholars (by Region)

WEST, California:

  • Mimata Jotaro
  • Tamayo Muto
  • Momo Nakakita
  • Miho Namba
  • Sawa Shimokawa
  • Kana Takemoto
  • Takashi Yoshida

WEST, Washington:

  • Satsuki Kobayashi
  • Ayano Tanaka


  • Kei Kato

MIDWEST, Illinois:

  • Tomoko Oyama

SOUTHEAST, North Carolina:

  • Moe Aoki
  • Naomi Ishimura


  • Shota Furugen


  • Ryohei Kono


  • Wakana Tokuyama

NORTHEAST, Massachusetts:

  • Court Honda
  • Masaaki Saito


  • Maaya Sato
  • Sayaka Tanaka

2018-19 Scholar Highlights